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    The Summer Palace in Beijing, China

    A few months ago I visited The Summer Palace in Beijing. A few pics from the excursion.

    A bit about The Summer Palace

    he Summer Palace (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Yh Yun) is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres (1.1 sq mi), three-quarters of which is water.

    In 1860 the British and French burned the palace down at the end of the Second Opium War (the Old Summer Palace also ransacked at the same time). The punitive action was undertaken in response to the torture and killing of a European peace delegation that included Thomas William Bowlby. The destruction of large parts of the palace complex still evokes strong emotions among some in China.[1]
    In 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, and 3 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy (Beiyang Fleet), went into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Palace


    A few pics of the area.

    Walking towards the entrance you can see various pics of the palace.



    The Chinese have their own tuk tuks, sponsored by McDonald's no less.



    The entrance to enter the palace.




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    Nice pics mate, keep throwing them up.

    Cheers.

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    My internet is very spotty, so I may often take awhile to get this together.







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    Cheers, Terry.






    Just a few people there..


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    Cool pics, thanks for posting.

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    ^You are welcome. I'll have to get to posting more when my internet smartens up. Internet in China sucks fyi. lol

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    Nice to go in the winter when the lake freezes over

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    ^Yes.. I'd like to go back because I didn't get to see a lot of the area.

    I'll post some pics now of the Temple of Heaven in Bejing as I don't have that many left of the Summer Palace.







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    The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

    The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries.


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    Right outside of the entrance - Chinese men playing chess


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    Right outside of the entrance - Chinese men playing checkers.


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    Shit double post..lol.





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    Nice post mate, TD has been a bit light on with the travel Fred's lately, thanks for taking the time

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    ^Thank you kindly BLD. I hope you and your family are doing well and are getting to travel. I stopped writing in my blog can you believe it. lol.

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